In June, Spain exported 1.7 million tons of fruits and vegetables for 1,291 million euro, i.e. 14% more volume and 17% more value than in the same month of the previous year, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes processed by Fepex.
Fruit exports in that month totaled 846,283 tons (+ 22%) and reached a value of 962 million euro (+ 24%). Berries achieved outstanding growth, as Spain exported 16,841 tons of strawberries (+ 54%) and 22,246 tons of blueberries (+ 132%). Watermelon shipments also experienced a strong increase with 266,597 tons (+ 30%). Stone fruit exports also increased, with the exception of peaches and apricots, which continue to be affected by the adverse weather conditions in previous months. Nectarine sales amounted to 76,560 tons (+ 13%), plum sales to 15,530 tons (+ 20%), and cherry sales to 24,140 tons (+ 150%), thus recovering from the sharp drop suffered in 2020.
Meanwhile, vegetable exports decreased by 4% in volume in relation to the same period of the previous year, totaling 327,234 tons. However, their value increased by 2%, reaching 329 million euro. Spanish exports of priority vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, and cabbages, experienced an increase in volume and value. Tomato sales stood at 25,095 tons (+ 8%) with a value of 35.4 million euro (+ 15%); pepper exports amounted to 38,616 tons (+ 13%) and 57.4 million (+ 8%); carrot exports totaled 28,369 tons (+ 27%) and 14.7 million euro (+ 28%); lettuce exports totaled 19,281 tons (+ 8%) and 22.3 million euro (+ 31%), and cabbage exports amounted to 23,083 tons (+ 30%) and 25.9 million (-1%).
The data for June show a positive result in the value obtained by all fruit and vegetable exports, but it reflects disparate situations derived partly from the damage suffered by adverse weather conditions in some months, and by the strong impact of EU imports from third countries, especially Morocco, that affect an increasing number of products because the measures provided for in the Association Agreements to alleviate the damage to Community producers are not being applied, Fepex pointed out.